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Secret corners of Spain: discover the nature and biodiversity of Siberia Extremeña

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There are names that do not attract visitors and seem to scare away tourism. The Siberia is one of them, but if one travels to the Siberia Extremeña one does not find snow almost perpetual but a rich ecosystem accessible to walkers and cyclists, the largest reservoir area in Spain, a paradise for bird lovers and a strong candidate to be a UN Biosphere Reserve.

Located to the northwest of the province of Badajoz, Siberia has been dragging a nickname from the end of the 19th century that today looks like a proud name and we will explain why it breaks topics and deserves a weekend getaway.

If in the nineteenth century this area of ‚Äč‚ÄčExtremadura was compared with pessimism with Russian Siberia for its small population and immense distances between towns, precisely in the 21st century those are two of the sources of its greatest wealth as a tourist destination.

It takes a special character to survive in small communities far apart from each other that cause a density of just 7 inhabitants per square kilometer in Siberia Extremeña, in the 11 municipalities of the Biosphere Reserve Candidacy, which I will discuss later.

The relative isolation of the forests and pastures of Siberia Extremeña has respected most of its flora and kept in the wild its fauna, two of the attractions for the visitor.

Nature and wildlife

The colors of Siberia Extremeña are green and blue. Green as the green fur of its mountains and blue as its river flows, used for leisure with many beaches and fishing.

In fact (and not forgetting the spring) the late autumn, or this moderate winter that we begin to enjoy now, are probably the best times to visit Siberia, when thanks to the rains the landscape begins to get greener and finally the mushrooms

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And if we talk about water, the liquid fingers of two rivers, the Zújar and the Guadiana, extend so much through Siberia Extremeña that here we find 12% of the dammed water of Spain, in only 0.5% of the territory of our country .

Testimony of this and surrounded by forests we find large hydrographic constructions such as the García de Solas Reservoir or the Cíjara Reservoir, product of the time when the swamps became a source of energy and work for the Spain of the 50s and 60s.

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